D&R Greenway Land Trust

 

Spirit by William Vandever

Visit the Art Galleries

Marie L. Matthews Gallery
at the Johnson Education Center

This gallery has on exhibit works from a variety of media, inspired by the beauty of the natural world. Marie L. Matthews Gallery is located inside a circa 1900s restored barn that is also home to D&R Greenway Land Trust.


Gallery hours are weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm, except for holidays. Please call 609.924.4646 ahead of time to ensure that art exhibitions are viewable in all rooms.


art opening


The video catalog of previous art shows can be found on our YouTube channel.
Click here to view archived past exhibits.

Top Introductory Photo - Spirit by William Vandever, Digital archival print




 

Current Exhibit

Feather and Flight: Juried Exhibition
December 4, 2017 – February 9, 2018
Opening Reception: December 8, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm


“There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way
in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before
.”
-Robert Wilson Lynd, Irish writer

 


Grab the Fish and Run by Susan Liddle

 

Watchful Kingfisher by Kathie Jankauskas


Birds are more than beautiful: they are bellwethers of environmental health.
This exhibit celebrates birds, as well as highlighting conservation’s significant role
in supporting crucial travel patterns for the 4,000 species that migrate. Because of New Jersey’s location along the Atlantic flyway, our natural resources are critical
to avian survival.  

Artists include:

Jim Amon TingTing Hsu
Kathleen Amon Kathie Jankauskas
Sherri Andrews Allen Jones
Hana Aviv Joan Lasota
Ed Baumlin Mary Leck
Laura Beard Mary Liddle
Gillian Beck Susan Liddle
Maggie Bee Lyric Lucas-Weinbaum
Anita Benarde Byron Lum
Clara Beym Tasha O'Neill
Kristen Birdsey Sandy O'Connor
India Blake Regina Ottman
Beatrice Bork Santford Overton
Silvere Boureau Margaret Miccio
Gail Bracegirdle Lynn Padwee
Laurie Braman Don Patrylow
Deb Brockway Paula Pearl
Jean Bryer Elizabeth Peck
Darcy Chang Dallas Piotrowski
Richard Chenoweth Bill Plank
NJ DeVico Pat Proniewski
Connie Dierks Janet Purcell
William Dix Jack Quinn
Wayne Domkowski Richard Rappleyea
Joanne Donnelly Margaret Simpson
Terry Donofrio Aurelle Sprout
Jennifer Driscoll Lucia Stout
Susan Eckstein Cindy Sussman
Sean Edwards Walter Varan
Renee Egan Annelies van Dommelen
Marissa Farra Lynn Varga
Catherine Gowen Emily Vickers
Judy Greger Andrea Wallace
Gordon Gund Elaine Young
Susan Hoenig Ewa Zeller
Joelle Hofbauer Anne Zeman
Ann Hoffenberg

 

 



Marie L. Matthews
Marie L. Matthews

The Marie L. Matthews Gallery was named in honor of Marie L. Matthews, a noted Princeton artist. Marie Matthews lived a full life as an accomplished nature photographer, very active in philanthropic affairs. She raised a family and traveled widely. She graduated from the University of California-Berkeley and received a Masters Degree in Education from Goucher College. She served as a trustee of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Corner House Foundation, and Mothers 2 Mothers Program. The generous spirit of Marie lives on in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery.





Olivia Rainbow Gallery

Named by Leslie and Chris Kuenne of Princeton in memory of their daughter Olivia, a burgeoning artist who loved the outdoors, the gallery exhibits works of children and students from pre-school through high school ages. Throughout the year, changing exhibits mirror the theme of the art displayed in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery.

Current exhibit:

“Species on the Edge”
County winners of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey's
annual art and essay contest


September 5 - November 15, 2017


The Jay Vawter Decoy Collection

Close to eighty artistic carved decoys were gifted by collector Jay Vawter of Princeton to D&R Greenway Land Trust in February 2012.  This gift seeks to inspire a conservation ethic by creating appreciation for the waterfowl and bird species on display. 


Jay Vawter

D&R Greenway’s work to preserve critical natural habitats – including marshes and wetlands, rivers and streams – was the impetus behind the gift.

An astute collector of high quality decoys, when Jay Vawter learned his children were not interested in inheriting his collection, he decided they would make a perfect charitable gift.  He selected D&R Greenway as the recipient because: “D&R Greenway preserves lands full of these birds.”

Many of the decoys in the Vawter Collection have won awards, such as a Merganser drake that won best in show at the Ward World Championships. Lem and Steve Ward, hunters and fisherman, weren’t trained artists but developed their ability to create lifelike birds by observing birds in the marshes and waterways.  In 1975, the Ward Museum opened in Salisbury, Maryland. Every decoy in the Vawter Collection was carved by an artist represented in the state-of-the-art Ward Museum.

 

Special exhibit:

Predators and Prey;
Fine-art carvings of raptors and songbirds

November 6 - December 28, 2017

Reception with Special Guest, master carver Greg Pedersen
Friday, November 17, 5:30-7:30
RSVP to rsvp@drgreenway.org

This exhibit includes a selection of working decoys more than 100 years old. Jay Vawter made a generous gift of his prize-winning decoys to D&R Greenway in 2012. “With this exhibition we want to give a sense of how decoys went from being a hunter’s tool and craft to a fine art,” says Vawter, a retired investment counselor and avid photographer who has traveled the world, amassing his decoy collection. “The first three in the case, on loan from Ron Kobli of Frenchtown’s Decoy & Wildlife Gallery, were actually used by hunters to lure birds.”

Renowned carvers represented in this exhibit include Bob Biddle, John English, Lem Ward, Jim Sprinkle, Pat Godin, Bob Guge, Greg Pederson, Elmer Crowell and Ben Heinemann.

Special thanks to Decoy Gallery Curator Jay Vawter, and to Ron Kobli of Frenchtown’s Decoy & Wildlife Gallery, for loans of early carvings from their personal collections. The gallery is open during business hours of business days, through October, 2017. 




 

Click here for directions to the Johnson Education Center
One Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540

609.924.4646

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